Friday November 23rd 2007
The Yorkshire House, 2 Parliament Street, Lancaster, LA1 1DB.
Doors 8pm, Entry £5
Advance Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/location/LAWM
LAWM presents one of our favourite bands – from Toronto, Canada: Picastro. A night of Lo fi indie
alt.folk excellence. With great support from Brighton's Birdengine, Lancaster's New Hawks and Stephen
Far out middle eastern drones, balkan gypsy strings & ancient blues wrestle for your attention while Liz
Hysen's voice cuts straight to the heart. The queue to collaborate with her is a long and illustrious
one, with Owen Pallett, Beirut and XiuXiu players making it in time for the latest LP 'Whore Luck'.
Comparisons to Godspeed You Black You Emperor! and Dirty Three are inevitable, but Picastro also lay
down all sorts ofeastern European folk vibes. The beauty of the album unfurls slowly but surely. -The
What raises Picastro above the herd of atmospheric noise-makers is that these tracks aren't instrumental
jams, they're songs- with all the structure and emotional closure that this implies. -The Sunday Times
Heavy on doom, atmosphere, with violin, cello, piano and guitar all creating a sense of incipient
Menace. -Q Magazine
Beginning in 1997 and ostensibly a vehicle for singer-songwriter Liz Hysen, Toronto based Picastro
(Polyvinyl/Monotreme Records) weave her songs into an abstract framework of extended, moody soundtracks.
Here the singers identity is absorbed into the overall impression left by the music. Reported
comparisons with Cat Power are therefore wide of the mark. Hysens role is oddly selfless, her voice
subdued to a general murmur amid the musics burgeoning drama. The songs are instead a vehicle for the
group to expand their vocabulary, creating a gloomy variant of folk blues with a wide reach. Over the
years Picastro has invloved a wide range of additional musicians including Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy).
Picastro have just released their latest album, 'Whore Luck' and were one of the inspirations for
starting the LAWM night in the first place so we're very happy indeed that they're playing!
Birdengine (Drift Records) is the name Mr Lawry Joseph Tilbury chooses to make music with. He hails from
the Dorset countryside and began making music as a child. Venturing at night into the fields and forests
surrounding his childhood home, with a broken nylon guitar, a record player and a couple of carefully
scratched and doctored records, performing his ramshackle and melancholy sound for only himself, the
woodland creatures and the moon. He has since fled the countryside and moved to a nearby city but has
managed to hold on to the eerie and pastoral sound that infiltrates his music. Recording only on a
4-track tape recorder and using a whole range of dictaphones, home-made tape loops and music boxes, he
harbours a deep loathing for digital equipment opting instead for the humble hiss of a tape cassette.
Based in Brighton, birdengine's live shows are rare and consist normaly of just voice and nylon guitar.
His body of work ranges from soft and slow waltzes to thick electronic dirges all retaining that
distinctive weird, sad and isolated birdengine sound.
‘….like visiting a museum of curiosities packed with shelves of malformed foetuses and two-headed dogs
pickled in jars; the songs are full of rustic-mythic weirdness' - The Independent
‘Tilbury's music has the nervy pastoral loneliness of immediately post-Barrett Floyd….. it's a very
beautiful record.’ - Word Magazine
Dan Heywood's New Hawks
Dan Heywood's New Hawks (Timbreland Records) an arching, tragi-cosmik song-cycle by Dan Haywood
(formerly of "promising" alternative-rockers The Puma-Sutras, and creator of Dan Haywood's Dapple).
Wrote the twenty-nine New Hawks (songs) in a month-long burst awhile back. It was a shocker. Aided by a
host of kind, talented musicians, including Therese Standish (strings), Jeff Jefferson and Billy Myall
(rack)- New Hawks are now being brought to a venue near you. and, scratching and screeching, into the
stoooodio. That's what they say anyway. We say they're very probably the most interesting and creative
band furrowing an experimental alt.country path for many many miles around.
Kicking off the night is a solo set from Stephen Hudson, singer with Uncle Jeff and The Ampersands. Solo
Hudson's material is stripped back acoustic, alt.folk featuring his lyrical observations on life!